Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told a European Parliament subcommittee Thursday he expects EU member states to “visibly increase their military presence” in the Indo-Pacific region, where China is raising its clout.

In an online speech to the Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Kishi said, “We strongly hope that a strong message will be included (in an EU strategy) to secure the EU and its member states’ unwavering commitment to the Indo-Pacific region.”

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